Meet Jensen Huang, the 60-year-old cofounder of chipmaker Nvidia, whose wealth has more than doubled this year to nearly $35 billion thanks to the AI boom

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Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang.

Jensen Huang, Nvidia’s cofounder, and CEO, saw his net worth rise by almost $7 billion last week.
Nvidia shares staged a stunning after-hours rally of 25% on Wednesday, boosting Huang’s net worth.
Born in Taiwan and raised in the US, Huang’s story is an immigrant success story.

Nvidia CEO and cofounder Jensen Huang’s fortune soared by almost $7 billion billion last week to hit nearly $35 billion
Jensen’s Huang net worth surged last week on the back of a boost in Nvidia’s stock price.

The AI hype may put some jobs at risk, but it’s also massively boosting other industries — such as those producing AI chips, like Nvidia.

The company’s market valuation closed in on the elusive $1 trillion mark following a stunning after-hours rally of 25% on Wednesday, Insider’s Zahra Tayeb reported.  

That’s thanks to the rise in the California-based chipmaker’s share price following the company’s blockbuster first-quarter results from the generative artificial intelligence boom.

Consequently, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang’s net worth soared by almost $7 billion last week, per Bloomberg Billionaires Index. 

The stock extended its gains on Friday, sending Huang’s net worth to touch nearly $35 billion.

Huang owns 86.9 million Nvidia shares, or about 3.5% of the Santa Clara-based chipmaker, per the company’s 2023 annual report.

So far this year, Huang’s net worth has risen by $21.1 billion, per Bloomberg — now making him the 37th richest person in the world.

Read further to know about Jansen Huang — the man who reportedly got a tattoo of Nvidia’s logo on one arm when the company’s share price hit $100.

He relocated to the US as a child and spent his early days here in a reform school
Huang has come a long way from his days at Oneida Baptist Institute in Kentucky.

Born as Jen-hsun Huang in Taipei in 1963, Huang spent a part of his childhood in Taiwan and Thailand, per Bloomberg. 

In 1973, Huang’s parents sent the kids to relatives in the US owing to the social unrest in the Southeast Asian country, before relocating there themselves.

Huang’s aunt and uncle — who were recent migrants to Washington state at the time — accidentally sent Jensen and his brother to Oneida Baptist Institute in Kentucky, which was considered a reform school instead of a prep school, according to Huang’s 2002 interview with Wired.

“And the kids were really tough,” Huang told NPR in a 2012 interview. “They all had pocket knives — and when they get in fights, it’s not pretty. Kids get hurt.”

Students at the school also had to work — and Huang’s duty was to clean the bathrooms. 

“The ending of the story is I loved the time I was there,” Huang told NPR. “We worked really hard — we studied really hard, and the kids were really tough.”

In 2019, he and his wife Lori donated $2 million toward building a female dormitory and classroom building at the school, per the institute’s website.

He loves computer games and studied electrical engineering at Oregon State University
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang studied at Oregon State University.

Huang and his brother eventually moved to Oregon where they rejoined the family.

During his time as a high schooler in Beaverton, he was a nationally ranked junior table tennis champion, according to a 2017 profile on Oregon State University, or OSU, where Huang attended college.

Huang also holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford. 

Huang met Lori Mills — his lab partner in electrical engineering fundamentals — in his college freshman year, who became his wife five years later, according to OSU’s profile. They have two children.

“I enjoyed computers growing up, but OSU opened up my eyes to the magic behind them,” he told the university.

Huang graduated in 1984 — the “perfect year to graduate,” he said at a keynote speech at National Taiwan University’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, per Fortune. That was the same year when the first Mac computers were released, bringing forth a new age in personal computing.

After graduating from OSU, Huang worked at chip companies LSI Logic and Advanced Micro Devices in a variety of roles, according to his bio on Nvidia’s website.

He founded Nvidia in 1993 after leaving LSI Logic.

Huang founded Nvidia on over a meal at Denny’s
A Denny’s outlet.

Nvidia was founded in 1993 at a Denny’s restaurant where he was meeting with two friends, Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem, per a September 2020 report in the Wall Street Journal.

His friends were with their work at the time, and the three “wondered whether starting a graphics company would be a good idea,” Huang told Stanford University’s engineering school in a 2010 interview.

“We brainstormed and fantasized about what kind of company it would be and the world we could help. It was fun,” he told Stanford.

Denny’s was also where Huang part-timed when he was a student, per a New York Times 2010 interview. There, he learned how to be more outgoing.

“I was a very good student and I was always focused and driven. But I was very introverted. I was incredibly shy,” he told The Times. “The one experience that pulled me out of my shell was waiting tables at Denny’s. I was horrified by the prospect of having to talk to people.”

Huang is 60 years old this year — making him years older than Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos when they left day-to-day operations at 52 and 57 years old, respectively.

But there are few signs he is slowing down.

“Nothing is more fun to me than to build a once-in-a-generation company with all of my friends here,” Huang told Insider’s Jeff Elder in April 2021 . “I can’t imagine wanting to do anything other than that.”

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